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Are you wise?

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What Is Wisdom? (Proverbs 9:10–12)

English: Scroll of the Book of Proverbs

Scroll of the Book of Proverbs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We often think of wisdom as intelligence, but we would be mistaken to bring that definition to this literature. When we look at the vast number of topics covered under the heading of “wisdom,” it is easy to despair of finding common ground, for the heading covers artisan skills, scientific knowledge, etiquette, philosophy, psychology, politics, sociology and jurisprudence, just to name a few. Furthermore, the text insists on more than one occasion that the “fear of the Lord” is the beginning or foundation of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 15:33). Does this suggest that none of those disciplines could be successfully engaged without fear of the Lord?
As we consider the way that people thought in the ancient world, perhaps we can best capture the Biblical way of understanding all of this by thinking in terms of worldview integration. In the ancient world, including Israel, order was an important value. Creation brought order to the cosmos; law brought order to society; etiquette brought order to human relationships; politics brought order to governance and authority. Ancient wisdom can then be understood as the pursuit of understanding and preserving order in the world. Wisdom is present when order is perceived, pursued and preserved. The people of the day wanted their worldview to fit together like a puzzle—fully integrated, with each piece placed in proper relation to the others.
They saw the fear of the Lord as the keystone to this integration process. To “fear the Lord” means to take his person and role seriously. Order in the cosmos could only be understood through acknowledgment of the One who brought order. Order could only be preserved in society and in life by understanding God’s requirements and expectations. In this way, wisdom can be seen to transcend the basic knowledge or skill related to particular disciplines.
A fool (or any of the other synonyms used to describe such a person) was one who brought disorder into any of the pertinent realms by their behavior or thinking. Furthermore, a fool would be one who did not fear the Lord and therefore tried to find coherence in something or someone else—usually themselves.
Taken from NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

So fear of God doesn’t mean being frightened of God, indeed if we have a relationship with God there should be no sense of fear. For anyone not having a relationship with God there is no fear in their heart and wisdom will hold for them a completely different meaning.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
    To him belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 111:10)

Shirley Anne

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What a sad world

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Revelation 13:16-18 (NIV)

16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

The Beast Inside

The Beast Inside (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I happened to have seen an advertisement on the television during a program I had been watching and it was in regard to a new model of mobile phone by manufacturer ‘Samsung‘. Like most adverts use of subtleties, suggestions and general assumptions were used to convey the idea that we, the public, wanted what was advertised. Throughout the advert a song was being played, the words of which suggested we did, ‘Give them what they want’……Well maybe I am the odd one out here but that suggestion is a subtle way of attempting us to believe that we want the latest product because everyone else wants one and I am not taking the bait. In fact I don’t like the kind of technology that one day threatens to run our lives. If you don’t believe that then just look around and see how many people are joined at the hip to their ‘smart’ phones. No-one takes any notice of their surroundings anymore, their eyes are glued to their little (or big) screens and their ears are being pumped whatever sounds they are tuned into. This is only the beginning, technology is only in its infancy despite what has been achieved so far. You can be sure more is to come. In relation to the Bible verses above one day technology will dispense with the need to carry cash, cards (even those with RFID chips) or smart phones to make purchases. The technology will be inside us! Those who allow it that is. However, as the verses state, nothing will be purchasable without it! We will be under the control of others………….Okay it might not happen during our own lifetime but there again the technology is already here and in some countries people really do have RFID chips implanted. Imagine what the world would be and will be like when everyone has implanted technology………

Read the Book of Revelation. It is the last book in The Bible for a reason……

Shirley Anne

 

Still skeptical?

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God isn’t kidding. He warns us in advance of His plans. Where? You might say. It is all in Scripture, all in the written word, The Holy Bible, The Word of God. It is all in prophecy and if it is in prophecy it is surely going to happen. Some prophecies have already been fulfilled, some as yet have to be. If you cannot see what is in front of your own eyes then you are either blind or just plain stubborn or both! You have only to see the developments that have happened during these last few years to know where it is all heading. Allow your spirit an everlasting existence in Heaven. The alternative is hell. Come to The Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

It is time for a reckoning and a decision. Change your life forever in 2016.

Shirley Anne

Gone potty

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Bargain Hunt

Bargain Hunt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What a sad world we live in! So many people in the world are materialistic and their whole existence centres around material things. We can spend our entire lives gathering possessions simply because we want them, they are nice to have and to hold and we must have them. It is one thing to want to own something and another to have it out of necessity. In reality whatever we have we will leave behind once we die. So what is the point in having them in the first place unless as I say they are a necessity? To accumulate things for our own pleasure is a desire for many and some will pay exorbitant amounts of money in order to own something. There is a television program here in the UK which is called ‘Flog it‘, one of a few programs concerning antiques, their sale and purchase. One program is called ‘Bargain hunt‘ where contestants search shops or market places looking to purchase something for as little as possible so they can sell it at a profit at auction. Sometimes the things they find turn out to be valuable antiques but that is often a rare occurrence. In the ‘Flog it’ program people are invited to bring into whichever venue in use for the day their possessions in order to have them evaluated with a view to selling them at auction for financial gain. Some items prove to be of little value but sometimes something is brought in which turns out to be the opposite.

English: The Teapot, made in UK, ~2005 Русский...

The Teapot, made in UK, ~2005 but not the one mentioned in this post.

In a recent program a lady brought in an earthenware teapot and had no idea of its value, that is what it might sell for. It wasn’t particularly an attractive item, in fact it looked dull and uninteresting but the specialist doing the evaluation thought it might sell for anything between £100 and £150 and it was put up for sale at the auction with a reserve price of £80 so that if it didn’t reach that price it would be withdrawn as unsold. The bidding started as I remember at £100 so at that point it was sold as far as the owner was concerned but the bids kept rising, £200, £220, £240 until finally it reached £900! I couldn’t believe that anyone would pay £900 for a teapot that didn’t look as though it had anything going for it. In the realm of antique teapots however it was something of a rarity and therefore a valuable asset to someone. I imagined the new owner sitting at home surrounded by ‘valuable’ teapots and other material things amounting to a value of tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds and I think to myself, why? It is their prerogative of course but to me it seems so pointless for anyone to surround themselves with material things just for the sake of owning them. The world is going more potty every day.

Matthew 6:20

Jesus urges his followers not to collect “treasures on earth” because the temporary trinkets of the world don’t last. Some break down or rust away. Termites make lunch out of others. Instead, Jesus commands us to seek real profits—not material ones that pad only our wallets, but spiritual ones that benefit our souls. These heavenly treasures represent an investment opportunity too good to pass up. When Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (verse 21), he means that we naturally worship our first love. If we love money and worldly treasures, we can offer God no higher than second place in our lives.

(Taken from Daily Devotionals, biblegateway.com)

1 Chronicles 29:11
Everything we have comes from God. We’re managers or stewards, not owners, of what God places in our trust. The days we live, the positions we fill, the children we nurture, the money in our accounts all belong to God. Of all of these, money is perhaps the hardest for many of us to think of as a trust. We work hard to earn it. We naturally want to keep it. But God assures us he will provide what we need. And the Bible says over and over that we are to give some of our money back to him. Difficult yes, but the money itself isn’t the issue. God doesn’t need our money. He wants what our money represents. He wants our hearts. Don’t build a barricade around your possessions or your heart. Give God your heart and watch how he orders and provides all that you need.

(Taken from NIV Busy Dad’s Bible)

Shirley Anne

Think you are clever?

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Three wise monkeys at Toshogu, Nikko, Tochigi ...

Three wise monkeys at Toshogu, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are some very clever people in this world, that is a fact but how clever is clever? It is one thing to be clever but a different one to be wise. The two are not necessarily linked. Would you rather be clever or wise? The probable answer to that will be ‘both’ and why not? However wisdom is the greater and to be sought above all things. How does one obtain wisdom? With age? Not necessarily for wisdom can be gained without having to grow old and gain experience. It depends on the individual. It tells us in Scripture that

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

And if you want wisdom………

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Wisdom is mentioned 219 times in The Bible. We are meant to seek it for ourselves. There is however something to be observed……..we should not think that we are wise because we are wise or intelligent because we are intelligent, clever because we may be that. In all things we should be and remain humble for Scripture also tells us………..

1 Corinthians 1:18-20

Christ crucified is God’s power and wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

Real wisdom is found in the knowledge of God. Real intelligence is found in the act of seeking Him and just thinking that you are clever comes to nothing in the end. You are not as clever as you think you are.

Shirley Anne

How wise are you?

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English: Scroll of the Book of Proverbs

Scroll of the Book of Proverbs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember when young people telling me to get wise. They meant gain an understanding. Well what is wisdom anyway? It is gaining an understanding but not just the understanding, it is more than that. We may gain an understanding about something yet take no notice or action on what we learn. In my line of work I need not only an understanding but more importantly how to implement the knowledge gained. It is the same for anything. What is the use in knowing what is right then doing the opposite? If we use our knowledge wisely we gain from it. If we don’t we lose out. For those who don’t know, there is a book in the Bible entitled ‘Proverbs‘ and it speaks about wisdom. The things spoken about may seem a little basic and obvious to some but when all is considered there are many who have ignored the wisdom of its messages and have suffered accordingly. There is a right and a wrong path to take in life and sadly many choose the wrong path because they ignored sound advice. We can learn to be wise through our experiences but doesn’t it make sense to learn the wisdom first?

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Shirley Anne

For those with deaf ears, blind eyes and a closed mind

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Palatine Hill, Rome

Palatine Hill, Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article was published in http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org and is copied here in its entirety. All credit goes to Last Trumpet Ministries and its author Pastor David J. Meyer for the article.

 

                   Be Nobody’s Valentine

 

Each year on February 14th

countless millions of people celebrate a day known as “St. Valentine’s

Day.” Millions of heart-shaped cards and boxes of chocolates are given as

gifts, and even churches have Valentine parties on this so-called “Day of

Love.” In schools, from pre-school and kindergarten on up, children draw names

from a box  and exchange heart-shapes notes which “pair off” the

children and is said to be “all in fun.” People of all ages get into the

act, and the words that are heard everywhere on that day are, “Be My

Valentine.”

The sad fact is that most

people never question the origin of the customs that they involve themselves

with. Most people do not ask questions but do what everybody else does, never

stopping to consider how the Almighty God of Heaven feels about their

activities.  When we consider that Valentine’s Day is a day

of preoccupation with the heart, it is essential that we listen to the

following words spoken by the Almighty, “The heart is deceitful above all

things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I

try the reins, even to give every man according to his wages, and according to

the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9-10

Christians should be known

by their discernment  and should be

asking questions regarding Valentine’s Day. What is the origin of this unusual

day?  Why is there a preoccupation

with the color red? Where did the heart shape come from, and what does it mean?

These and other questions will now be answered, as we examine the roots and

pagan origin of this popular day.

In the days of the Roman

Empire, the month of February was the last and shortest month of the year.

February originally had 30 days, but when Julius Caesar named the month of July

after himself, he decided to make that month longer and shortened February to 29

days while making July a month of 31 days. Later when Octavius Caesar, also

known as Augustus, came to power, he named the month of August after himself,

and not be outdone he also subtracted a day from February and gave the month of

August 31 days. To this very day it remains that way. The ancient Romans

believed that every month had a spirit that gained in strength and reached its

peak or apex of power in the middle or ides of the month.

This was usually the 15th day, and it was a day when witches and augurs,

or soothsayers worked their magic. An augur was a person filled with a spirit of

divination, and from the word augur we get the word “inaugurate”, which

means to “take omens”.  Since

February had been robbed by Caesars and had only 28 days, the ides of February

became the 14th day of that month. Since the Ides of a month was celebrated on

the preceding eve, the month of February was unique, because it was the 13th day

that became the eve of the Ides that month, and it became a very important pagan

holiday in the Empire of Rome. The sacred day of February 14th was called

Lupercalia” or “day of the wolf.”

This was a day that was sacred to the sexual frenzy of the goddess Juno.

This day also honored the Roman gods, Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the

legendary twin brothers, who supposedly founded Rome, Remus and Romulus. These

two are said to have been suckled by wolves in a cave on Palatine Hill in Rome.

The cave was called Lupercal and was the center of the celebrating on the eve of

Lupercalia or February 14th. On this day, Lupercalia, which was later named

Valentine’s Day, the Luperci or priests of Lupercus dressed in goatskins for a

bloody ceremony. The priests of Lupercus, the wolf god, would sacrifice goats

and a dog and then smear themselves with blood. These priests, made red with

sacrificial blood, would run around Palatine Hill in a wild frenzy while carving

a goatskin thong called a “februa.” Women would sit all around the hill, as

the bloody priests would strike them with the goatskin thongs to make them

fertile. The young women would then gather in the city and their names were put

in boxes. These “love notes” were called “billets.” The men of Rome

would draw a billet, and the woman whose name was on it became his sexual lust

partner with whom he would fornicate until the next Lupercalia or February 14th.

Thus, February 14th became a

day of unbridled sexual lust. The color “red” was sacred to that day because

of the blood and the “heart shape”  that

is popular to this day. The heart-shape was not a representation of the human

heart, which looks nothing like it. This shape represents the human female

matrix or opening to the chamber of sacred copulation.

When the Gnostic Catholic

Church began to get a foothold in Rome around the 3rd century A.D., they became

known as Valentinians. The Catholic  Valentinians

retained the sexual license of the festival in what they called “angels in a

nuptial chamber”, which was also called the “sacrament of copulation.”

This was said to be an reenactment of the marriage of “Sophia and the

Redeemer.” As the participants of the February 14th ritual began their sexual

sacrament, presided over and watched by the priests known as Valentinians, the

following literary was spoken: “Let the seed of light descend into thy bridal

chamber, receive the bridegroom… open thine arms to embrace him. Behold, grace

has descended upon thee.”

As time went on, the

Orthodox Church suppressed the Gnostic Catholics and manufactured “St.

Valentine”, whose day continues to be celebrated in these modern times.

It

should be without saying that the Christians should avoid Valentine’s Day like

a plague.  In God’s eyes, it is

still “Lupercalia”, the “Day Of

The Wolf.” Men become wolves, as they carry on the Satanic rituals of

fornication, which means sexual intercourse without marriage. We have heard of

the “wolf whistle”, and we all know that wolves do not whistle. It is

lustful men and women, who carry on Satan’s blasphemy

to this very day.

In

conclusion, we must ask ourselves, “Should a true Christian be associated in

any way with this celebration of evil roots? Should we be doing what the heathen

have done for so many years  and try

to justify it as love?” Romans 12:2 answers this very well, “And be not

conformed to this world: but be ye transformed

by the renewing of your mind…”

The

shocking information in this tract can be easily verified at any public library.  If you want more information, please contact us at:

Last

Trumpet Ministries International

PO

Box 806

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Dam, WI 53916

These

tracts have been prayed over, and you will never be the same after reading this

message. May our Lord Jesus Christ grant unto you a desire to walk in His truth.

Pastor

David J. Meyer

Shirley Anne

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Always Do What’s Right

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TODAY’S WORD FOR TODAY

 

Always Do What’s Right

 

‘…Hold fast what is good.’

1 Thessalonians 5:21

Jn 14:6-11, Acts 4:8-12, Acts 16:22-34 , Mt 1:18-21

I wanted to post this immediately I had read it a few days ago but I had so many posts already scheduled I left off doing it. It is one of the daily ‘Word for today’ messages I receive through an email subscription from United Christian Broadcasters ( http://www.ucb.co.uk ). I think it is fair to say the message is not far off the mark!

Shirley Anne

 

Beautifully made

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In the Womb

In the Womb

Beautifully made

God has made all things well. He knew us while we were in the womb. Before we were conceived He knew us, He knows every hair on our heads and everything about us. Scripture tells us this, Psalm 139 (New International Version – UK)
Psalm 139
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
5 You hem me in— behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting

Every hair on your head…………..you are intimately known!

Shirley Anne

Children! Well some children.

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English: This picture is of two children on a computer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whilst working in someone’s house a few days ago I got to chatting with her, nothing unusual in that but I sensed she was feeling somewhat under pressure in her personal life and simply wanted to talk about it. Although this can be distracting for me most of the time it isn’t a problem, in fact I do a lot of chatting myself! I was about to relate an experience I’d had a week or so before when she had to dash downstairs to answer a telephone call. I heard her raised voice as she spoke on the phone but couldn’t make out what she was saying because I was upstairs. In any case I wasn’t taking notice because I was concentrating on the job in hand. About five minutes or more later she came back upstairs and asked if I had heard the conversation but truly I hadn’t. She then told me it was her 40 year-old daughter and she had been angry with her over the phone, hence the raised voice I’d heard. Now she didn’t have to explain anything to me but I sensed her need to do so. Evidently she has been supporting her daughter financially off and on for many years. Although her daughter has a good job as a solicitor with a very good salary, she still comes to mum for hand-outs and help. It appears that her daughter is too extravagant with her income rather than trying to live within her means. When mum gives her cash she spends it on going to football matches with her two children and we all know how expensive that can be especially when she goes to the away games too. Not only that but she books holidays for the family at her mum’s expense, wastes cash on unnecessary purchases like iPads, iPhones, computers and Sky connections amongst other things, none of which are absolutely necessary. She doesn’t know the value of money and has often been overdrawn at the bank with the financial penalties following. In fact her mum had to give her money to pay off the overdraft as the penalty was £25 per day! I told her not to give in to her daughter so easily so as to make her realise the consequences of not handling her finances properly. I have given money to my own children over the years, quite a few thousand pounds actually to each of them but they did have real reasons for asking me for help and they were never sponging. That assistance has gradually tapered off now that they are standing on their own two feet and beginning to manage their lives. There will always be the need to support my children occasionally when they run into difficulties, I expect that and I don’t mind because they are my children and I love them but I don’t expect them to mishandle their lives and then have to come running for financial help because of their stupidity. They are more sensible than that. The fact is though that this woman has a problem daughter who needs to get her act together and she needs to stand her ground and learn to say no to her daughter’s every request. Her daughter must learn to take responsibility for her life and lifestyle or face the consequences by herself.

Shirley Anne 

Why do I not worry?

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The Human Use of Human Beings

The Human Use of Human Beings

I have said this many times in the past but I don’t worry about anything these days, I put my hope and faith in God who takes away my cares. Ok I know some of you will disagree with that but nevertheless it is true for me, He really does take away my cares. Personal problems I may have do not compare to the problems that face so many in the world. If you click on the link to the right ‘Vine of life news’ or here instead, http://vineoflife.net  you will see the column to the far right of its home page items of news from around the world which will open your eyes to what is really going on, some items of news you never hear about from the media or main television news reports. The world is in a terrible state, people facing danger, starvation, military and religious oppression of all kinds and we should be concerned. I know I am concerned but I’m not worried about it all, these things we are told will happen before the end time. As sure as God has a plan they will, He knows things before they happen, it is all in prophecy. Mankind is heading for its own destruction unless there is an intervention, and there will be as sure as there is a tomorrow. I do not worry about these things for it is all in God’s hands. I am not surprised to read about many of the things we human beings get up to all in the name of religion, greed, power and such things. Man’s inhumanity toward his fellow being at times beggars belief and to what end? I remember how much my father was upset about such things and he would often say so whenever he learned of another way mankind had  behaved toward his fellow-man. People tell me that we as human beings are gradually improving in our relationships with each other and that the world is becoming a better place but from where I stand and what I can see going on all around me that suggestion is a difficult one to accept. We have had many generations come and go to get it right but I don’t think we are even close or ever likely to be but as I said, I am not worried, God takes that away from me for I place everything into His hands.

1 Peter 5:6-7

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Shirley Anne

Yet a further step away

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Takva: A Man’s Fear of God (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once upon a time this country was called a Christian country and God-fearing. The laws of God, His precepts were strictly adhered to for fear of God’s wrath. Probably many folk were more frightened of the Church because of the way the Church preached the Word but nevertheless the message was received and accepted. Religion has always been a problem in preaching God’s Word. Would God or does God recognise His Church in these last days? Much of the Church has lost its way and struggles with doctrine, often miss-interpreting Scripture along the way or allowing secular thoughts to influence in decision-making. God gave us His Word in writing showing us the covenants He made with us and laying down His laws and precepts for us to obey. Those laws and precepts remain true even to this day and will remain so forever. When we choose to disobey those rules (laws and precepts) we place ourselves in danger for He gave them to us for a good reason. However, many have turned away from God and choose to do their own thing and live their lives as they please but to be sure God isn’t pleased with them, though some who believe in Him would maintain that He does! Each defiant step we take away from His laws, away from His precepts takes us further away from Him. God loves us all but in no way loves the sins we commit before Him. Sins are what keeps mankind separated from God. This country, this nation, apart from those who love God and obey Him,  has moved far away from God and is getting further away from Him every day. Under the umbrella of the ‘Human Rights‘ advocates God’s laws are being disregarded and ignored, issues concerning homosexuality, same gender marriage, abortions, all go against God’s law. God is not pleased and will pass judgement in due course. The saying by many that this country of ours has ‘gone to the dogs’ is not far from the truth and we will most certainly reap the rewards for our evil ways one day. Our once great kingdom will no longer be great and is already part-way down that road. We, as a nation, need to repent of our ways and get back to God. It is then and only then will we prosper.

Jeremiah 18

Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, ‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the Lord. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.

2 Chronicles 7

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Shirley Anne

I didn’t do it

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One reason I don’t make New Year resolutions is that I never keep them. I sometimes make decisions to do something but either change my mind or just don’t get around to do them. That to me indicates that my intentions were not what I thought they were or I realised they were unimportant anyway. I was going to buy some new boots a few months ago. That didn’t happen for I realised I don’t actually need them. When once I would buy things just because I liked them, it doesn’t happen any more. Sufficient for my needs is now my motto, everything else is superficial. So New Year resolutions are not going to happen again. This doesn’t mean I will never make decisions or resolve to make changes in my life for I will always do that. One thing I can say is that unless I act upon a decision to do something I have to do it immediately or not at all. About six weeks ago I made the decision to stop drinking alcohol. My heart was convicted to make the change in obedience to a call to do so. I have kept that promise to myself and find I don’t miss it at all. A similar thing happened many years ago when I stopped smoking, it was immediate and I didn’t miss it. If I make a decision it is for a reason and I usually stick to it. I didn’t do many things I had an inkling to do this year and it hasn’t made a difference to my life but any decisions I have made have made a difference.

Shirley Anne

Don’t think it can’t or won’t happen

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It Can Happen Here

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This Can’t Happen Here

When I was young my father would tell me certain things at the end of which he would add, ‘Just mark my words’. He wasn’t often wrong for many of the things he said came true. Wisdom is the reserve of those older and more experienced than ourselves but when young we often do not appreciate that fact. The younger generation think they know all the answers and it is only as they grow and gain experience in life do they begin to see things in a more informed way. Many though do not heed the words of the wise and become or remain uninformed on many of life’s issues. They grow old, steadfast and unswerving because of their refusal to listen and take note. On 1 December I posted an article and video about the advancement of radical Islam in the USA, here in the UK and probably in many other countries around the world too. An attitude of indifference mostly caused by the fact that many people today do not believe in God or follow a religion at all. For many years now I have followed closely the affairs of the world with respect to the prophecies written in The Bible. I am a firm believer in prophecy, I can see where this world is headed and how the events that happen are laying the foundation to troubled times ahead, events which will happen despite any human effort to alleviate the inevitability. Being forewarned is being forearmed and ready. As a Bible believing Christian I am only too aware of the danger humankind is going to be faced with in the years ahead. I may be fortunate to escape the coming wrath, I do not know, no-one does. Much of prophecy is centred around The Holy Land, modern-day Israel and those who have eyes to see and ears to hear must surely be well aware of what is happening there. The worst is yet to come though. Ever since the nation of Israel was reformed in 1948 there has been unrest in the area and it was just the same thousands of years ago. The greatest threat to Israel today is the advancement of Islam but Islam is a conquering faith as well as a religion. The sole aim of Islam is to take the world by force, not by love or persuasion for those outside Islam are considered infidels and deserve death unless they convert. What kind of god promotes this attitude? To that end the proponents of Islam emigrate to foreign lands and begin to live there slowly growing in number and when there are enough of them begin to make their voices heard. Soon they have infiltrated local authorities and governments to become upstanding members of society who fight for the rights and privileges of their Muslim brethren. Many towns in the UK are overflowing with Muslims, so much so that many other ethnic groups leave to live somewhere else. Eventually our Muslim friends become the majority in our land and then our own rights will come under threat. Further down-line the country becomes an Islamic state with all it entails. I heard on the news a couple of days ago that proposals have been submitted to the East London authorities to erect a huge mosque in the area. Now this country once had no mosques but now they are numerous. Some church buildings have been taken over and used as mosques because the local people seemingly were not interested in going to church. Need I say more? This new mosque, if built, would be four times larger than St Paul’s Cathedral. That fact alone should speak volumes. I would hate to be the one to say, ‘I told you so’ but as my old dad used to say ‘Just mark my words’.

Shirley Anne

The more I see the more I am sure

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Probably all my readers will be aware by now that I am a Christian but I do not fill this site with religious content, that is reserved for my other site at Minkyweasels Musings but from time to time I do post here on religious themes. I am fascinated with Bible prophecy, well I am fascinated with all of God‘s Word of course and I am always delving into Scripture. I know I have read the entire Bible from cover to cover at least 28 times and learn something new each time I read. I am currently reading through the Bible yet again. A large proportion of the Bible is dedicated to prophecy, probably one-third so it is a subject that should be taken very seriously, especially as much of what is prophesied has actually happened. As a Christian believer I know that all prophecy will be fulfilled, God’s will be done. The reason all prophecy hasn’t been fulfilled is that some of it is reserved for the future and what God has already planned will happen. Many of the prophets in the Old Testament foretold of future events which were fulfilled but some of those future events refer to things even in our own future. When John  was being held captive on the island of Patmos in the Mediterranean Sea he saw a vision from God and was inspired to write down all he saw. This resulted in the entire prophetic Book of Revelation,
Revelation 1
New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
Prologue

1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw – that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

The time is near. This is making reference to the ‘end times’ as prophesied in the Book of Daniel and elsewhere in Scripture, a time in the future, their future. We are living two thousand years after John’s prophetic vision and much speculation has been given as to whether the ‘end times’ refer to the present day or a few years hence from now. Descriptions of those end times seem close to what is now going on in the world and indeed can only be referring to modern times when we analyse what is written.
Daniel 12 (NIVUK)

The end times

12 ‘At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people – everyone whose name is found written in the book – will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.’

‘Many will go here and there to increase knowledge’. Think about the Internet. The Book of Daniel was written almost 2600 years ago. In Matthew’s Gospel, written a little less than 2000 years ago a better description, the words spoken directly by Jesus is given…

Matthew 24

New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

The destruction of the temple and signs of the end times

24 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. ‘Do you see all these things?’ he asked. ‘Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.’

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’

Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Messiah,” and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth-pains.

‘Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15 ‘So when you see standing in the holy place “the abomination that causes desolation,” spoken of through the prophet Daniel – let the reader understand – 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.21 For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equalled again.

22 ‘If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.23 At that time if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Messiah!” or, “There he is!” do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you in advance.

26 ‘So if anyone tells you, “There he is, out in the desert,” do not go out; or, “Here he is, in the inner rooms,” do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29 ‘Immediately after the distress of those days

‘“the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”

30 ‘Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 ‘Now learn this lesson from the fig-tree: as soon as its twigs become tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The day and hour unknown

36 ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand-mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 ‘Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45 ‘Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, “My master is staying away a long time,” 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

I have highlighted some of the passage just to point out some key things but all of what is written and spoken by Jesus will come about. There will be no excuse for not taking heed  to the words of prophecy for they are a warning to unbelievers to repent and turn to God. Imagine being in a building that is on fire and refusing to use the emergency exit because you think there is a better route. Well there isn’t, there is only one way out and that is through Jesus who is holding open the door for you waiting for you to walk through it! Below is a short video worth watching. Several videos automatically follow this one, should you wish to watch them leave it running. May God open your eyes and your heart to His truth.

Shirley Anne